Metaswitch Delivers Software Defined Networking with DC-PCE

New portable Path Computation Element (PCE) software enables network equipment vendors to speed delivery of SDN solutions


MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, Paris, February 6, 2012 — Metaswitch Network Technologies today announced the immediate availability of its portable PCE software solution with DC-PCE. PCE is an industry standard solution which separates critical software components of the IP/MPLS control plane from the proprietary-based hardware platforms within the network.

"The decoupling of software from hardware is the fundamental building block of SDN," said Sterling Perrin, senior analyst with Heavy Reading. "We think that PCE will open the door to a much broader global adoption of GMPLS and the operational benefits that a standardized control plane provides."

Building on twenty plus years of software networking expertise, DC-PCE is a natural evolution of Metaswitch’s widely deployed integrated control plane software which is utilized by most of the top 50 OEMs in the world. DC-PCE is pre-integrated and backwards compatible with Metaswitch’s legacy control plane software enabling network OEMs to roll out SDN solutions in a quick and cost effective manner.

PCE and SDN solutions are highly sought after by network operators as they enable

  • Seamless end-to-end inter-domain networking
  • Simplified operations
  • Flexible and customizable networking options
  • Improved price/performance ratios.

"Metaswitch develops networking software which is easily portable to virtual networking environments," said Clive Partridge, general manager of Metaswitch’s Network Technologies Division. "The evolution of our control plane software to a highly virtualized PCE solution further empowers our customers to deliver SDN architectures to their customers."

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